Editor's Picks: BAMMA 9, Bellator 62, and United Glory 15 main event predictionsPosted on March 22, 2012, 04:16 PM by Anton Gurevich
BAMMA World Middleweight Title: Tom "Kong" Watson (c) vs. Jack Marshman
How to watch: (UK) Extreme Sports Channel on Sky channel - 419 or Virgin Channel – 527 on March 31st, (USA) HDNet Fights
I think the match-up between Tom "Kong" Watson and Jack Marshman has every required attribute to become the Fight of the Year. Watson will look to prove a point after almost a year-long layoff, while Marshman is an undefeated heavy-hitter, who wants to make a name for himself as one of top Middleweights on the planet. Both fighters are well-known for having no remorse for their opponents, and leaving everything inside the cage. Tom Watson's fight with Murilo Rua was absolutely brutal, so it will be interesting to see if "Kong" manages to display the same form despite having a series of surgeries on his back. I feel like Watson's experience will be an important factor in this fight; I also think the reigning champ is a more diverse striker, but then again, Marshman has the KO power to finish any 185'er on the planet with one punch. Still, my pick is Watson via Decision.
Bellator 62 Heavyweight Tournament Final: Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos
How to watch: MTV2 8PM PST, LIVE in HD on EPIX
The long-anticipated rematch between Thiago Santos and Eric Prindle will finally take place in Laredo, Texas. First encounter between the two monsters ended with a NC, after Santos accidentally kicked Prindle in the groin. The Brazilian was in full control prior to the groin kick, and I expect him to follow the same pattern in the rematch. Santos is younger, hungrier, and it simply seems like he has more to prove than Eric Prindle. Obviously, Prindle has that one-punch KO power to make me look like an idiot for picking against him, but I really feel like it's Santos' fight to lose. My prediction is Thiago Santos via Submission in Round 3.
United Glory World Series 15: Jerome LeBanner vs. Errol Zimmerman (Kickboxing)
How to watch: 15$ on gloryworldseries.com
Errol Zimmerman is currently on a hot-streak, with five consecutive KO/TKO victories, and at least in my opinion, he's currently #2 behind Daniel Ghita as far as Heavyweight rankings go. Jerome Le Banner is coming to this fight with a streak of his own, and perhaps Zimmerman is the victory he needs to get his name back into the mix, but I find it hard to believe that the thirty-nine year old Frenchman has what it takes to defeat "The Bonecrusher". My prediction for this fight is Errol Zimmerman via KO/TKO in Round 2.